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The Evelina London Children's Hospital, London

The Evelina Hospital for Sick Children in London was established by Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839-1898) in memory of his wife, Evelina, who died in childbirth. He initially intended to create a maternity hospital on the site at South Sea Court, off Southwark Bridge Road,but was persuaded that this particular area of London needed a childrens' hospital, which he endowed with £10,000. Although Ferdinand had intended to be the sole source of finance for the hospital during the early years, the demands on resources were so great that a public subscription fund had to be set up in 1871, enabling the hospital to increase the number of cots from 30 to 40 in 1872. Ferdinand made a second donation of£10,000 in 1896 for the purposes of modernisation and the installation of electric lighting.

The Evelina received royal patronage in 1901 and continued to operate as a voluntary hospital until it was incorporated into the public health system in 1946. A close association with Guy's Hospital over many years developed still further in 1947 when the Evelina was designated a teaching hospital attached to Guy's. In 1952, the Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild ward was established for research into the care of premature infants. Rothschild representatives on the Board of the Evelina have been: Ferdinand de Rothschild - President (1869-1898); Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942) - Treasurer (1937-1940); James de Rothschild (1878-1957) - Treasurer (1942-1948). Trustees have  at various times included the Earl of Rosebery, and Leopold (1845-1917) and Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942). The hospital was substantially rebuilt in 2005. The Rothschild family continues to be associated with the hospital.

The Evelina London Children’s Hospital, secondary sources, 2005

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Commemorative booklet The Evelina Children's Hospital,  (London: Hopkins Architects, 2006) distributed at the official opening of the new Evelina Children's Hospital, 15 June 2006.

The Evelina London Children’s Hospital, secondary sources, 2005

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Two copies of The Architectural Review, May 2005, containing an article about the new Evelina  Children's Hospital at St Thomas's Hospital, Southwark; newspaper cutting from The Times 2, 13 September 2005 about the Evelina: 'Architecture that helps you heal'.

The Evelina London Children's Hospital, 150th anniversary film, 2019

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Digital MP4 file of a video commissioned by The Evelina London Children's Hospital in their 150th anniversary year as a personal thank-you to the Rothschild Family for their support for the hospital over 150 years.